Testimonials

“Stefan has been the one constant in the past six turbulent weeks when I have experienced a roller coaster of events and, in turn, emotions. His presence has been my calm in the storm. From the outset I have found him understanding, non-judgemental and the greatest listener I have had ever had the pleasure of knowing. He knows exactly what to say and when to say it. My six sessions have flown by, but whilst the issues are still ever present, I am a better, more confident person, who now knows my own self-worth. For that I thank you Stefan”.

Mel B

“Stefan was very calm, considerate and thoughtful in his approach and I felt comfortable with him from the start. He really helped me make sense of my thoughts and emotions and gave me some insightful suggestions enabling me to move forward. Thank you Stefan, I will miss our sessions, your attentive listening, care and wisdom.”

GV

“Found my sessions of great benefit. Stefan was very patient, kind and extremely professional. We had a great rapport from the beginning which I found to be helpful in opening up to Stefan. His voice was always calming and reassuring. Thank you Stefan in helping me through my journey”

NB

“Stefan has helped me to come to terms with my problems and been a great listener. He has been understanding and caring and showed me that even when it’s difficult to change your life because of difficult circumstances you can still change the way you think. Thank you Stefan I will miss our sessions.”

Catherine C

“Learning how to be the best mummy possible to my daughter and create a nurturing co-parenting environment for her was the goal of my counselling sessions with Stefan. He was fantastic and within 5 weeks my whole life had turned around, I mean literally. When I look back now I realise I was trapped by my fears, hadn’t let go of the past and was finding it hard to move forward with love and forgiveness. Stefan’s deep and attentive non-judgemental listening skills gave me the space I needed to reconnect with my purpose, reach clarity in how to let go and deal with the deep-rooted issues that were causing me symptoms of worry and anxiety. I cannot thank Stefan enough and I honestly can’t believe the positive impact it has had on me, my co-parenting relationship and most importantly on my daughter’s life. He listened empathetically and with every part of his being, which is such an amazing skill. When he offered insight, he was so spot on, it helped the process along even quicker. For me, weekly sessions were a must to keep the momentum and focus. If I ever have another time in my life where I need counselling, I wouldn’t choose anyone else. Thank you Stefan”

Lucy W

“What started out as going through some kind of motion to seek counselling has resulted in me genuinely looking forward to our sessions, and our rapport has made it feel as though I was consulting a friend
I have felt reassured, supported, non-judged, and ultimately I have gone from feeling overwhelmed to empowered, in a way that I can now use my innate coping strategies and set those all-important boundaries for myself.
Thank you for giving me that safe and neutral space to explore my feelings and issues”.

Justine C

“I’d never sought professional counsel for my anxiety before, but Stefan has been a warm, empathetic and deeply knowledgeable person to safely discuss my issues with. The insights gained from our sessions will continue to help me move forward positively and I think everyone in the world would find value in having a conversation with him.”

Laura P.

“Stefan gave me space to think and time to vocalise my worries. His positive and non-judgemental approach provided support and encouragement enabling me to address contradictions to my core values. As a result I reassessed problematic situations and found just enough courage to effect long needed change! Thank you for your listening skills, insight and words of wisdom Stefan”.

Dr Emma

“I can highly recommend using the service, I had struggled in the past and for me CBT therapy didn’t quite work for me. This type of therapy really helped me to understand why I was feeling the way I did which I didn’t get with CBT. My counsellor Stefan made me to feel comfortable even though at first it was had to talk but he understood and in no way did I feel judged”.

Nathan

“I found the counselling really useful in gaining some insight and perspective on my situation. Stefan listened to what I wanted to achieve from the sessions, guided me through, helped me to be in action and find clarity where before I was feeling overwhelmed and confused”

Thank you! Luke

“Stefan is an attentive, considerate and reassuring person to talk with. I always felt I could speak about anything without any form of judgement, knowing that any suggestion or comment he might have for me was just to help guide me and I could decide what I wanted.

Over the course of 6 weeks I had a regular call which really helped me get the right tempo and bring my turbulent thoughts together into a calmer place. It set me up and enabled me to move forwards, even knowing I had more to consider was no longer a problem as he had given me the direction needed.

I would recommend Stefan to anyone struggling with an internal problem or dealing with physical symptoms related to state of mind. I enjoyed our sessions looking back now, and they definitely added value to my life.”
RK

“Straight away I felt completely at ease with Stefan, it was the first time I was able to speak honestly without any judgement being cast. Stefan was able to help pinpoint where my anxiety/sadness was coming from and able to provide productive steps I could take to build myself up again”
Clare E

“After years of battling with my anxiety and sense of identity I decided to get help. Stefan was wonderful. He created a safe space of no judgement for me to talk openly about my worries. And after just a short period of time my confidence has grown greatly”
Jess

“I worked with Stefan for a period of 6 weeks after being referred for some counselling through my work. I was struggling with stress and anxiety and was finding it hard to function on a daily basis.
The rapport we built through our sessions was really comforting. The techniques that were given to me to help me deal on a daily basis with anxiety really helped me gain focus again. The exercises we practiced to help me build my self- esteem and self- awareness have given me confidence in my everyday life again.
These techniques are something that I will continue to implement in my life to allow me to maintain a healthy balance.”
Michelle K

“Professional and yet relaxed in approach, I felt at ease and encouraged to consider how I could help myself as well as receiving guidance on how to cope at this difficult time. The counselling ended with me feeling much more in control and feeling positive about further challenges ahead.”

Mel W

“Stefan creates a warm and caring environment for counselling supervision; that enables me to share my concerns and feelings in a very supportive space”
Rosemary

“From my first conversation with Stefan I felt something release. I was stuck in a pattern of anxious circles, desperate not to get stressed and failing. I couldn’t have foreseen that I would achieve such progress in 6 sessions, but the thought that change was possible gave me hope. I now have the insight and confidence to ask for changes to make my life the best it can be. Stefan gave empathic emotional support and made practical suggestions that I could follow to grow between sessions. His ability to see what’s going on ‘underneath it all’ is a life line when you feel like you are sinking. HUGE THANKS to Stefan for your encouragement and positivity – oh and for changing my life!”

Jane F

“From day one Stefan made me feel at complete ease and succeeded in making me open up more than I have ever done in my life.
His calming approach, caring manner and varied questions made me think of things in a completely different way to my usual thought processes.
I have seen a few counsellors in my life but Stefan went above and beyond into actually helping me improve myself and bringing out my strengths. He listens in depth, doesn’t interrupt, remembers things and has the most amazing positive outlook. It is so refreshing and I found myself looking forward to our sessions instead of dreading them. In the six weeks I have spoken to him, I feel I have changed for the better so much”
Thank you,

Emma H

“Stefan has been my Supervisor for the past two years and I am indebted to him for the wonderful support he has given me during that time. His wisdom, knowledge and skills have been invaluable and I have learnt so much by meeting regularly with him. Stefan has helped me to recognise how vital it is for me to consider the importance of my own well-being as well that of my clients. I consider myself very fortunate to have been introduced to Stefan and working with him has wonderfully enhanced my role as a professional counsellor”

 Rob

“During a recent emotional upheaval, the help I received was invaluable. Stefan helped me explore difficult issues in a frank and open environment, and by knowing when to push, and when to hold back, he helped me make decisions with confidence. Any ‘homework’ I was set was always insightful and I never found the sessions patronising, something I struggled with in the past.

Anyone considering using Stefan for emotional support will find their effort and honesty rewarded with clear thinking. I have no hesitation in recommending his services.”

Daniel, Herefordshire

“I had six telephone counselling sessions with Stefan due to my depression and anxiety attacks. From the first session I felt understood and not judged. It was so easy to express my feelings and with a gentle nudge in the right direction from Stefan I am in a total different world, starting to live my life again”
Many thanks

Sarah R

“I went to see Stefan almost a year after suffering a life changing loss. I had hoped that I would manage my grief on my own but unfortunately this proved very difficult. Stefan helped me to develop my own toolkit for dealing with my grief, and helped me get to a point where I could begin to understand and process what I had been feeling. Having never sort help of this kind before I was extremely sceptical, but would now strongly recommend help from Stefan to anyone else having difficulty with a problem they cannot deal with alone”
Phil

“I can’t overstate how useful I found Stefan’s sessions. He created a calm, quiet, respectful and positive environment that filled me with confidence. The sessions were always purposeful and helped me decide for myself the practical steps I needed to take to resolve my anxiety issues. I feel very grateful for his time and expertise”
Aaron C

“I was put in touch with Stefan via the BMA counselling services and we worked together over 6 50 minute sessions. Stefan quickly established a good rapport and was always professional and understanding while retaining a sense of humour. He was able to bring lightness or seriousness to the sessions and was able to read what was needed very easily.
We covered a lot of ground in our sessions and each session had a clear focus. I found Stefan to be empathetic and he was able to challenge and encourage me to look at things in a new light or from a different view point. The work we did has given me good insight into the issues I brought to counselling and through our sessions has helped me immensely to move forward with a new perspective and a whole range of tools to help me look after myself and my emotional health better.
I would not hesitate to sincerely recommend Stefan and cannot thank him enough for helping me turn a corner at what was a very difficult time in my life.”
Dr Sarah

“I would like to say how truly grateful I am for your excellent counselling sessions. They enabled me to re-calibrate my thinking, which was thanks to the trusting relationship that developed throughout the sessions. I really appreciated the flexibility you were able to give me. I never felt out of control of my counselling or that anything was expected of me.
I cannot thank you enough for helping me through a period of change in my life. I now have a much greater peace of mind.”
Anne

“Stefan was one of the best counsellors I’ve seen and as I’ve suffered with OCD and depression for 32 years that is saying something. He really took the time to listen, understand and make me feel that what I was saying was not stupid. Thank you very much for your help”.

“Stefan, You guided me from darkness and brought me back into the light after the loss of my father who was also my best friend, now new life has brought joy into my world, I am soon to be a grandad’ next April, you will never how much you helped me, thank you” Gary

“Stefan was very easy going and supportive, professional and friendly, putting me at ease straight away. He was excellent in his understanding of my position and feelings . Communication was very good. Stefan was pleasant and made it a lot easier for me to be open about my problems and helped me come to positive decisions, without advising. Maitland have exceeded my expectations and I really appreciated the support offered.”

“Back at Christmas last year, having being through a traumatic year, I found myself struggling to cope and not knowing where to turn. Fortunately for me, my employer has a staff welfare service, which I decided to access. Within a short space of time I was diagnosed with receptive depression, and referred for a course of counselling. Stefan was absolutely fantastic, offering a friendly listening ear and helping me to identify for myself where the real issues lay, and to come up with ideas to help solve them. For much of the time I felt like I was waffling and not making any sense, but Stefan was able to decipher what I meant and gave me the support I needed. Through my sessions with Stefan, I started to feel happier and more confident which meant I was able to take control of my life again. I would not hesitate to recommend Stefan to anyone else who finds they need counselling”
Sean H

“I was quite apprehensive about counselling but Stefan was warm and friendly and I felt at ease immediately. There was no judgement and I felt free to be completely honest with myself and him.
I can’t tell you how helpful these sessions have been. I’ve just and my final session and I feel like a new person. We have discussed simple things and how to train my mind to think differently. It’s tough carrying on without the sessions but with the things we’ve but in place I feel I can stay healthy and keep my new outlook.
Thank you Stefan!”
Amy D

“I was put in contact with Stefan through my employer. I had a lot of stuff going on at home but I was also experiencing a number of pressures at work at the same time. Stefan put me at ease straight away and he was really easy to talk to. He helped me see that what I was feeling wasn’t unusual under the circumstances and he also reassured me that I was doing the right thing. Stefan also gave me a number of tools to help me firstly recognise when I was getting anxious and then how to deal with those anxieties. He also helped me come up with some support mechanisms that I could use when I needed them.
At the end of the 8 sessions I felt myself again. I feel stronger and able to deal with things in a rationale way.
Just as importantly for me I enjoyed talking to Stefan in those sessions. We even managed to have a bit of a laugh too”.
Kate B